How do you choose books to read?

@I_LUV_U (2519)
India
August 14, 2008 1:05pm CST
Depending on the Genre? Randomly any from the bestseller list? Bank on the book reviews you read? Opinion of friends who share simliar interests? Whatever you can obtain for free? Based on the author? Synopsis? Book cover? For me, I'll usually start with two books at a time. One will be fiction and another non-fiction. In fiction, I mostly choose thrillers or mysteries, and of course the author matters to me as well. As for Non-fiction, I pick from the best-seller list, I don't mind whoever the author is. How about you? What is your criterion for choosing books to read?
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• Canada
14 Aug 08
I usually choose books to read by topic, and if I read books by the same author, I make sure that they cover pretty much the same typic, or topics that interest me,. I would not read a book on something that totally disinterests me just because it was written by a certain author. There are authors that I like because they constantly write books that are of interest to me.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
14 Aug 08
I'm quite the opposite, I have right away bought the book at times, when it was one from the authors I liked, without knowing much about the book. What genres of books interest you?
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@metalhalo (601)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I've been known to have as many as five books going at the same time. I'm a fast reader and once I've started one it's difficult for me to put it down. I usually go for a good topic or an author that I know well. It doesn't matter to me if it's a best-seller or not. It's more about either getting lost in the fascinating story or learning about something useful in life. I've also gone by what family and friends have said about the book. If they claim it's a great one then I want to get my hands on it. It's usually then I'll find a new great author through them.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I usually pick a book by author then I pick by Genre. For non-fiction I pich a subect that I want to learn about or increase my knowledge about. I usually have two fictions and one non-fiction book going at the same time. Now that I am on mylot I don't read as much.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
15 Aug 08
alot of the time i go by authors but have about read all of my favorite authors. when i ger a magazine with an add fi\or joining a book club i go through it, write down what i want to read & carry my list to the libaray. they are very nice to call me when they get the books in. i love mysteries & have been reading all my life. it is a great pastime.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
15 Aug 08
Sometimes genre (I like thrillers), sometimes author (eg. Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham), othertimes books my sister is reading - which is great because she often reads books I might not think of getting, which aren't thrillers, but they are usually really good as well and she will lend some of her books to me, she also sometimes gives me a book for a present. She gave me "Almost French" for my birthday. It also depends what is available - eg. if I have read most books by Patricia Cornwall then I will probably just look at all the thrillers until I see one that looks interesting or that i may have heard of. I also look at the top 100 book list, but haven't bought any off it yet (even though I had already read some of them). I also like food and health books. It's great to go to the library and look through all their cook books, you can borrow a book on Japanese cooking if you feel like experimenting with sushi, or a big variety of vegetarian books (I am vegetarian), and I borrowed books on chocolate making one easter when I felt like making some for the first time ever (and I mean adult type truffles).
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
i choose to read books that im interested with...
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@dopey22girl (3326)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I love chick lit books so I will pretty much read any chick lit book. I get them used either online or at a used book store. Or I go to Barnes and Noble and look at their bargain books because they usually have some for just $4.99.
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@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
14 Aug 08
I generally tend to choose books by my favorite authors, LUV, but I will sometimes buy a book based upon a good review. I am also a fan of series books. If I like the first book in a series I tend to also like the follow-up books.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
14 Aug 08
Who are your favorite Authors? Series books...I haven't read any, can you suggest some? (Please exclude the Potter series.) Thanks for sharing!
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@crazy101 (20)
• China
15 Aug 08
interesting books is my love! but our book shop is little,and many book is not real. we all like reading! I'm a student.our Chinese students are fond of reading! Sorry My english is poor!
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
15 Aug 08
I'm a book-lover as well.:-) And...that's alright, your English is good enough to communicate!
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@maryannemax (12173)
• Sweden
14 Aug 08
i am not much of a book reader. but when i feel like i wanna read one, i choose something depending on the story. i look at the title and if it looks interesting, i go to the last page and read a little summary (introduction) of the story. if i feel like i will be hooked to it, i buy it (or borrow) and start reading it at once.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
14 Aug 08
Yup, right, titles do matter to me as well. First impression is very important.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
I normally go for the fantasy/weird/mystery type read. I become bored easily with non-fiction type books. I need a good story to become absorbed in as I normally read to escape from real life. I have a few favorite authors that I lean heavily towards when purchasing a book.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
14 Aug 08
Well, I quite like non-fiction, but it should have some interesting, rational stuff. If it is of the "all bark and no bite" type, I would not prefer reading it. Like, it should have some interesting anecdotes and not just plain boring lectures or advices for me to learn.
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
19 Aug 08
i usually like mystery books and fiction stories and i do have friends who have the same interest.they usally tell me which books are good.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
18 Aug 08
Hi dear most od time its from my intrest and with the name of author and most of time its from Magazines and author or go to library, and then select Take care
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@Mitraa (3188)
• India
17 Aug 08
Really, you have chosen a very nice discussion! First I choose the type of the book that I want to read. Then watch the contents and the other usual features. Then the author / poet and the opinion. This is my method of choosing a book to read! Thanks for this nice discussion!
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@patgalca (14258)
• Orangeville, Ontario
16 Aug 08
Genre certainly plays a factor. I won't even look at anything that is political or war-based, horror or sci-fi. I might look at a romance but probably not. Author is the second factor I look at. I tend to stick to a certain set of favourite authors, which is not necessarily a good thing because on occasion I have read other authors and have enjoyed their work as well. We get stuck in a rut sometimes. And that's where the third criteria comes in - reviews and recommendations. We get a lot of those here on myLot and if the book sounds interesting I will note the title and author and keep an eye out for it. Unfortunately I have more books in my house than I will ever have time to read in my lifetime (unless I'm locked up somewhere with no access to computer or television!) But I keep bringing in the books, buying new and used, lending from the library. I'm just a book nut who can't say no to a book by an author whose writing I enjoy. So I get guess that is my main criteria.
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I like science fiction, I do read the blurbs on the back or inside cover. Some I'll just buy because I'm confident the writer will do a good job because they always have. I do like some myteries, and buy certain writers. I tend to want to read about the same detective so I buy series. Like the the more modern mysteries rather than the 30's/40's type detectives. But I'll buy Sherlock Holmes just about anything. I might buy a non-fiction if its something I'm interested in, but not just anything.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I first pick one based on author... my favorite author is Robin Cook. I have read all of his book so far except two. I just started his last one called "Foreign Body". All of his books are medical mysteries/thrillers. I start reading and have trouble putting it down. If I am looking for a good book to read and have read all of my favorite author's books then I will try to find another book by a different author but generally within the same genre. Sometimes I have been surprised and end up liking the new author but other times I am disappointed and do not read any more from that particular author again. I must however only read one book at a time. I do not like to read more than one at a time. My husband will read more than one at a time. I like to finish one thing before starting something else.
@vanities (11343)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Aug 08
well thats one factor..i mean if its bestseller's list ..sypnosis of it is next i guess..since i can read the trend or the plot of the story and lastly the author..that is if he's famous for or really a good one..
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
15 Aug 08
I like classical books and I will chose one by random. So right now I am trying to finish Mansfield Park and go through my classical book collection. I also prefer mystery and suspense and science fiction. I do not read non=fiction unless it is a book requested by our Women's Society and since I have to really study it as they ask questions, it takes longer. I am not into non-fiction that much unless it is historical. Right now I do not have time to choose that many books. I tend to read a chapter a day and since I write, I am trying to find how the author writes so I am taking my time and also a lot of books are in paperback, and since I an slightly far sighted, I usually need reading glasses unless it is in large print and I have bought some for a while.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Sometimes the title of a book can draw me in. Then there are other times when I have to read a little about the book before I want to read it. There have been times that the title might be good but the book is boring. But most of the time I pick pretty good books. So that has not been a problem for me when it comes to something to read. I don't think that I have brought a book that I didn't like.
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